Since I graduated from college, I've been a big believer in the importance of a rock-solid morning routine. A good morning routine for me is pre-planned and predictable. Yet it also ebbs and flows with what's needed. There's no reason for a summer morning to feel the same as a morning in the dead of winter. It's equally important to change what you're doing as your personal goals change. That said, I need to know what I'm going to do when I wake up before I wake up. For the past half-year or so my mornings have looked something like: get at 5am, make coffee, work on a personal project for an hour or two, get ready for work, and get out the door by 8am. It's jam-packed, but it's the favorite part of my day. That chunk of time is reserved for me, myself, and I. And let me tell you, it feels good to start every day by taking care of yourself.
Of course, Coronavirus has thrown a wrench in the whole thing. There's no logical reason for it. I'm at home all the time now and the whole shebang I described is still completely possible. That said, I'd be lying if I told you that it has been anything besides a huge challenge to keep up. I didn't realize just how much I relied on the time pressure of having to go to a new place (to the office, to dinner, back home, etc.) as a forcing function for productivity. With all my activities taking place in the same space, I've found that I need to have a lot more grit just to get things done that were previously well-ingrained habits.
After a month, I'm starting to adjust to this new lifestyle. I'm starting to have healthy, productive routines that I enjoy again. All of them within the confines of my apartment, of course. My morning work sessions have largely been replaced with journaling and reading. Working out happens during lunch. My girlfriend and I watch movies together almost every night. I did all of these things before too, but this particular routine is new. Could I have kept the exact same routine I had before? Certainly, but these are unusual times. It feels inappropriate to continue living life in the exact same way as before. Doing so might even be a lost opportunity. I'm looking forward to when the world opens back up, but I'm also glad that I get to discover this way of living for what life is right now.
April 22, 2020